Monday, March 27, 2017
This morning we wake up to the Moon in Pisces lingering in square to Saturn in Sagittarius (6:20 AM). From here, she is Void until entering Aries at 10:12 AM. We start out slow but purposeful this morning. The Moon is heavy in square to Saturn. We can feel the weight of all the responsibilities we hold. All the tasks ahead of us. Yet, as the Moon enters Aries, the feel of that becomes a little less cumbersome as we begin to feel more eager.
Again, though, this is not a “shooting out of the gate” energy at the genesis of this Aries season. It's a slow unfurling. A smooth and diligent step into Spring. Not rushing. Just doing, creating, starting with baby steps and finishing with follow through. This is not a brutish warring Aries season. There will be challenges. But, the answer is not forceful and brash. I'm not saying some folks won't try that. However, it unfolds gently like a flower that holds a sleeping fairy. Not typical. Not what we normally think of as Aries the forceful Ram. The warrior. This is the other side of that. A new side. Give it a try. I think you'll like it. It laughs like a jolly sprite. It's tender like the first stems of spring. Gently unfolding petal by petal.
Following the Moon's entrance into Aries, the smooth flow of the Mars energy on tap is felt. Mars in Taurus meets Neptune in Pisces by sextile at 12:45 PM. See? Flowing steadily. It may not be as fast as some may prefer. But, it is steady, creative, smooth and dependable. Mars rules today's New Moon. So, his position at this Moon sets the tempo for the season. It certainly makes me think of the potential for Spring flooding and mudslides. But, as far as our personal actions and initiatives are concerned slow diligence imbued with grace and compassion is the way to go. This is likened to creative clay from which we can begin to give shape to the wonderful inspirations brought forth by Mercury's conjunction with Uranus in Aries. It's melting the chocolate before we pour it into the mold. Smooth. Persistent. Diligent.
By 4:00 PM, the Moon meets Venus Rx by conjunction. This is easy and relaxing. Occurring in Aries, it calls us to bring appreciation to matters of our body. This is a good time to anoint or just take a few minutes to care for our most important machine. Also, coming prior to our New Moon, it reminds us to allow our hearts to lead us into this new season. Gently. Humbly. Slowly overlaying love, care and attentiveness upon our actions.
At 10:59 PM, the New Moon commences at 7 Aries 37. The Sabian Symbols for this lunation read as follows:
For the Sun and Moon at 8 Aries: A woman's hat, with streamers, blown by the East wind. Inspiration is the first thing I think of when I read this symbol. Also, a breath of fresh air. It's gentle and breezy. Coming from the East, I think of more holistic tendencies that treat not only the body but also the mind, emotions and the soul. Here, we are given a chance to address ourselves as whole. This can bring a fresh outlook. A sense of rejuvenation. Break stagnation and bring a gentle sense of clarity and vision.
For the Moon's Ruler, Mars, at 13 Taurus: A porter cheerfully balancing a mountain of baggage. Obviously this porter takes joy in his work. Otherwise, managing the baggage of someone else who is on a pleasure trip (while you are sweating to cater to them) could be a downer. He or she is a member of the service industry. One of those folks who works behind the scenes to help others. What's more important is he or she fills their job with joy and cheerfulness. The porter chooses to bring delight to more menial tasks and is happy to help. It would be really easy to take a different and more bitter approach. But, why? No matter the task, no matter how menial you may think it is, do it with love and joy and it becomes so much more rewarding.
I love the breezy feel of the symbol for this Moon as well as the message coming from our porter. It sounds simple and maybe a little too fluffy to some to say that consciously and purposefully doing things with love and joy in your heart makes a difference. But, it really does. It changes the quality of your work, plus, as you put that vibration into what you are doing, it attracts more of the feel to you. While I can't make anyone see it that way, I can testify. It works. It matters. Plus, it does wonderful things to your emotional system while lightening what previously may have felt cumbersome and heavy. Changing your perspective in this way, at first, feels as if you are tricking yourself. In a way, you are. Tricking your brain. But, you know what? Your brain plays tricks on YOU all the time. Turn about is fair play, says the Libra. It helps to remember that worrying is like trying to manifest what you don't want. In the end, you realize you are not really “tricking” your brain...you are consciously steering it. It's different. It's a little new. But, 'tis the season for new. This will become a more important theme once Mercury begins his retrograde in Taurus. Yet, we can practice right now. Like the porter. No matter what you are doing, fill that activity with love. If you can't, maybe you need a break. Or, maybe you need to change what you are doing. Either way, after we cross over the New Moon, it's a good time to start something...anything. We may just think about it tonight or set our intentions to do so. But, by tomorrow, we will certainly be ready to start. Slowly. Diligently. Tender baby steps toward our goal with joy and hope in our hearts. It's a crisp, green and fertile beginning. Just the beginning.
Tuesday, March 27, 2017
The majority of our morning is spent under the promise and call of the New Moon in Aries. This is where we begin. Yet, as the day goes forward, the emotional body becomes more pressurized. The Moon meets Pluto in Capricorn by square at 6:15 PM and, nearly immediately after, finds Jupiter in Libra by opposition (6:39 PM). Yes, these two Cardinal planets are waxing into another square which will perfect later this week. Today, the Moon links their square early. There is pressure. Perhaps some self-doubt or direction coming from the outside world that shades our hopes with doubt and resistance. “No one has done that before,” they say. “It's impossible,” they say.
“Until you did it,” I say.
There are several low end ways this pressured square can play out. Know the pressure or Jupiter and Pluto will continue. But, the Moon will pass out of this mood more quickly. The outlet for this t-square falls in Cancer which points right back at the Moon. Be willing to try. Be willing to take a few well calculated risks. Be willing to stay open to learn about this thing you want to do or achieve. Don't expect yourself to know it all especially if its not something you've ever tried before. That's one of the downfalls of Jupiter/Pluto in harsh aspect. The “I'll stand on being right and knowing or die.” The better way to handle it is to deliberately dose yourself with a little humility and willingness to learn more deeply. Deep study and focus. And, if you find yourself wrapped up in a power struggle...ask yourself, is this how I want to use my energy? Is it worth it? Because, you can always let go of the rope in that tug of war and re-direct your energy back to whatever it is you really wanted to focus on. If it IS worth it, you will surely have the energy to stand your ground.
By 1:16 AM the Moon is conjunct Uranus and our “give a damn” about the pressure that came forth from the Cardinal t square breaks. We may be inspired by a solution to the problem of Jupiter square Pluto. We may be catalyzed into acting independently without giving one single crap about what “they” say.
The aspect to Uranus is pretty restless, though. It may be hard to get to sleep or stay asleep because the brain is busy. The emotional body may be nervous or excited. Cutting down on the stimulants you take in during the day and being gently physically active can offset that potential.
Overall, our first official day in the Astrological New Year is pressurized. It will call us toward astute and deliberate direction of the emotional body while also calling us to sheer away distractions from our goal or learn more about the path to get there. Remember you don't have to know exactly how you are going to get all the way where you want to go. You just have to worry about setting that intention while drawing your focus to step one. That's it. Set the goal and work on the first step. We'll worry about figuring the other steps when we get there. Do the first one thoroughly and completely follow through. Then, step two. Lay sturdy foundation stones. This is just the beginning. Slow and patient. Savor every step. Everything is brand new. We've all the time in the world to wonder at it and explore. Even during the little storms that may come along. Today may push you to rush. But, you don't have to nor should you give into that pressure. Use the energy as impetus to start, instead. This isn't a race. Pace yourself and realize, we are just blooming. Just getting started. I know you are hungry. Yet, if what you are thinking about doing is really worthy, it is also worthy of taking your dear sweet time.